Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOE to Hide for 3 1/2 Hours Today in Closed Meeting

This mornings Board of Education Closed Session is 2 1/2 hours long!

What in the world is the Board of Education discussing this morning for 2 1/2 hours?  The Agenda for this mornings Closed Session lists a few topics, but nothing that would necessitate over 2 hours of discussion.

The Closed Session will continue with another hour of closed discussion at lunch time. That's a total of 3 1/2 hours of Closed Session today.

The Board has Open Meetings that barely last that long.

Note that the final item on the Board's Closed Session Agenda concerns the recent decision of the Maryland Open Meetings Act Compliance Board.  We assume this will be a discussion of the Opinion of the Compliance Board. Why is that public Opinion a topic for a secret meeting? Guess they have something to hide.

Oh, and by the way, the Closed Session goes until 11:30 PM.  So for all you members of the press and public who believed the Board's Agenda when it said today's meeting would start at 11:00 AM, you might want to adjust your schedules. The Montgomery County Board of Education would rather meet in private without you in the room.


  1. C'mon. You know us darn pesky ordinary folks just get in the way of what they want to do. Opening up meetings just slows things down. They shouldn't be questioned. They know what's best for us. We should just shut up and get out of the way and say "thank you" when they're done.

  2. But we are discussing MABE business! You know, that private club that Board of Education members pay tens of thousands of dollars to join? The one where we have out of town committee meetings so taxpayers have to foot the bill for a $500 taxi ride to get there? And don't forget the MABE conference in Ocean City where Board Members have to fortify ourselves at fancy dinners with Surf n Turf and Lobster Tail, because, don't you know, really really important topics like closing the achievement gap can't be discussed over pretzels and bottled water.Yeah, can't you people totally see how committee assignments in a dues-based private organization should be discussed behind closed doors. We don't want the public thinking we might be discussing our next Lobster Tail Dinner!
    Signed, "Next Time I'm Ordering Bacon-Wrapped Scallops"


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